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Can you feed chickens bacon/meat fat?

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I found this recipe for bird cakes here http://www.insteadoftv.com/47/make-an-easy-bird-cake-from-table-scraps/ and you can use table scraps and fat. I was wondering if anyone knew if this would be a good idea for chickens?

 

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Some people feed their chickens suet a couple times a year, but I'd be leery of this particular "recipe". Too much fat could make your chickens fat themselves (and turn them into spoiled little brats).

 

Unless there's snow on the ground, I don't plan on feeding my chickens much in the way of fatty treats. I'm trying to get my boyfriend off fatty treats as it is! tongue2.gif

 

He just taught the dog to like potato chips! barnie.gif


Edited by Lute - 3/12/12 at 5:13am

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1 Pit/Chowchow Puppy (Carmen), 1 Boyfriend (Xander)

5 Black Sexlink, 3 Red Sexlink, 1 New Hampshire Red, 1 Cockoo Maran, 2 Delaware, 6 Rhode Island Red, 1 RIR Rooster, 7 Pekin Ducks, 1 Cayuga Duck, 1 Guinea Fowl, 17 Californian Rabbits.

 

Incubator: 0

 

The wish list is much longer.

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post #3 of 6
I live in Maine, and in the winter I give my chickens bacon fat mixed with flax meal. We don't eat bacon often, so it is a treat for everybody. The flax meal comes in a bag from Bob's Red Mill. I mix cold bacon fat left over from frying bacon with flax meal to make a kind of crumbly mass. I put it in a pan with other kitchen scraps, and they eat it all. As I mentioned, not often, and only in winter, because it does get cold here.
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Yes, you can. Chickens can and will eat ANYTHING. I like mixing milk, raw eggs(no shell), and cooked grease or oil, corn oil and canned veggies in with my Broiler complete for my show chickens. They love it and always go crazy over it. With our laying hens and other chickens, we throw leftovers in there all the time, including meat, cooked veggies, old cerel and bread. Rotted fruit. They love it, and everytime we go out there they are running up and down the pen looking for more.

Hope I helped!

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They probably will eat it, just the fat content will not be great.

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Thanks everyone! 

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